Quimper Travel Guide

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Quimper Highlights

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     A lively, historical centre with plenty to see and do. 

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     It's pretty quiet on a rainy Sunday . . . 

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     Sundays are quiet so if you want action, go during the week! 

Quimper Things to Do

  • Cathedral Saint Corentin-interiors

    wonderful expression of Breton architecture and a major church in Brittany,One of top 3, lovely, a must to see it.you can see more at my other tip on the exteriors. A must to see in the city.

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  • Musée des Beaux-Arts -interiors

    fine arts museum is a jewel of Brittany another must see in the city, recommended of course. It is located in the plaza on the side of the Cathedral , on a former palace done at the end of the 19C, the museum done by the city started in 1872 and dont stop enlarging it.It has been completely redesign in 1993.for more details info on hours, etc,ssee...

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  • Musée Departemental Breton - Interiors

    a museum tracing the history of Brittany and the department of Finistére, it is inside the old episcopal palace of Cornouaille, the most remarkable building after the Cathedral. It present a show of archeology,popular arts, and decoratives arts of Finistére. For more details on hours etc, see the tip on the exteriors. Enjoy it;wonderful place.

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  • Cathedral St Corentin-Exteriors

    wonderful expression of Breton architecture and a major church in Brittany,One of top 3, lovely, a must to see it.Early in the 12C the politics of king Philippe-Auguste try to establish an influence of the ile de France region (Paris) on Brittany help by a local administration of French origins. From 1239AD, the bishop of Quimper, Raynaud, also ,of...

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  • Musée des Beaux Arts-exteriors

    fine arts museum is a jewel of Brittany another must see in the city, recommended of course. It is located in the plaza on the side of the Cathedral , on a former palace done at the end of the 19C, the museum done by the city started in 1872 and dont stop enlarging it.It has been completely redesign in 1993.open september to october, than april may...

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  • Musée Departemental Breton-exteriors

    a museum tracing the history of Brittany and the department of Finistére, it is inside the old episcopal palace of Cornouaille, the most remarkable building after the Cathedral. It present a show of archeology,popular arts, and decoratives arts of Finistére. The opening hours are 9h to 12h30 and then 13h30 to 17h from January to may and then...

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  • The Quimper Museum of Fine Arts

    Musée des Beaux-Arts de QuimperOpen every day except Tuesday, from 10h to 12h and from 14h to 18hThis museum was created in 1864 thanks to the donation of the personal art collection of Count Jean-Marie de Silguy, a Quimper native. His condition related to his gift was that the town would build a museum to house the works. And so it was; the museum...

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  • Terrific Art Museum in Quimper

    Here is my Journal entry for our visit to Beaux Arts in Quimper.Next we wandered across the square to the Musée des Beaux Arts where they were having an exposition of works by Jules Breton. It was a wonderful exhibit . . . particularly because they included studies he made for the various larger works. It gave you a hint of his thought processes so...

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  • See More Cathedral Treasures

    There are still more objects to look at. For instance the pulpit has carved medallions illustrating the life and death of their . patron saint Corentin. Then there are a great number of stained glass windows including fine modern ones as well as statuary.

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  • Find the King on His Horse

    The statue of Good King Gradlon, the 6C founder of Quimper, is hard to locate on the West front of the Cathedral. Above the central door pediment are twotall and wide central windows. Capping these is a decorated pediment. Upon this is set the King on his horse, with the two lateral spired towers looking down on him.

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  • The Church Has Many Other Treasures to...

    There is also fine 19C glass in each of the large transept windows, one with a Last Supper, the other commemorating 12 Breton Saints. There a many good statues of bishops as well as devotional figures, some used in processions and an Entombment. The pulpit has carving related to the patron Saint Corentin, a hermit of the 5C and first bishop who was...

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  • See the Interior Cathedral Structure

    The nave is long and high. The triforium is also tall with an unusual trefoil heading decoration. The clerestory windows are tall wide and graceful with 15C stained glass. When we were there the choir and altar were sealed off by a painted scrim to keep elaborate restoration from interfering with services held in the nave.

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Quimper Hotels

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Quimper Restaurants

  • Traditional French in city center

    We decided to go for a new one,and boy/girl did we hit a jackpot. This is absolutely why we are in France, traditional service, decoration and friendly. It is tucked in an old street 4 rue du guéodet, in past the Cathedral ; Les Cariatides is just wonderful. The old house has a bar on street level,and the dining on the first level, quaint with...

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  • crêpes and galettes breton

    always a great welcome warm folks, good prompt service,and good breton food.open Sundays, Monday and Tuesdays evenings except July and August. Lunch continuos service Mondays and Tuesdays, and weekend to 21h/22hYou are in an old longére, breton old home that included home and farm animals lodging in one building. Very quaint historical nicely done,...

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  • seafood breton knowhow Alsacien

    its an independant franchise chain, but one of the best example of Alsacien cuisine married with Breton seafood you can have. All in great ambiance,friendly service,and just around the market and pl St Corentinit has become home central when we visit so here we were again, the place is fantastic service, and great views over the marché plaza in...

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  • Somewhere for everyone!

    The old town is full of places to eat. We only wanted a snack but had we been staying longer choosing where to go for a full meal would have taken as long as eating the meal. But as you wander around the old , narrow streets feast your eyes on the colourful buildings.

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  • Plan Ahead

    We were in town on a Sunday and had a difficult time finding a place to eat (in our price range) on a Sunday at noon. Many places were closed, others were full and the very few we could find open were quite expensive. We did find a sandwich shop and had a great sandwich, but if we'd planned ahead, we might have had an excellent Sunday noon...

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  • Quimper Gourmet

    Fine food & beautiful decor. Delightful owners. Full menus from 21 to 51 € per person.Reservation suggested. Closed Sunday evenings and Mondays during winter.Visit their very interesting web site (bilingual French/English) for a description of the food, some recipes, and details of an intriguing possibility (the chef and his wife will host you in...

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Quimper Nightlife

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    cin��ma les Arcades Quimper

    by gwened Written Dec 15, 2013

    This is a five theater movie house along the river Odet and across from city center and all its sights.

    very convenient for a nice movie at the end of the day before hitting the hotel or going home. Normal admission is 7,50€ but on daytime morning showing you can go for 5€

    The cinema is surrounded by government buildings like the regional sous préfecture de Quimper. So it is very safe to even go at late nights.

    Dress Code: casual as movies goes anywhere.

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Quimper Transportation

  • How to get here in and out

    I come by car but plenty of public transport here, first the busgo tohttp://www.qub.fr/you can trace your city route there on the right hand column. the schedules per line is here http://www.qub.fr/public/pages/voyage_telechargemen.htmlthe cost of ticket from 1,20€ is herehttp://www.qub.fr/public/pages/titres_sommaire.htmlin the dept 29 you have a...

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  • getting around in Quimper

    Other than walking the best way to get to all points in the city is by bus, its like having a hop on hop off ride for the price of a city ride about 1,40€, great views and some nice corners of the city to see. It could be useful for visitors with little time and wanting to get a feel of the city as wellhttp://www.qub.fr/is the bus transport...

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Quimper Shopping

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  • grocery shopping in Quimper

    right by the gare or train station and near city center you find this grocery store we have try in several places in France. They are like convenient stores but very useful when in town staying in apartments or hôtels and needed some food,not to mention a quick remedy for the home.you bear out of the train station right cross the street and in...

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  • shopping passage Epée

    This is in the best tradition of French passages, or passageways from one to other, with full of stores Inside right on a building. The Passage de l'Epée is nice, right along the river Odet around from city center in a heaven of tranquility and architectural history.It is at 10 Rue du Parc, a horizontal passage enters buildings and spring on the...

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  • other markets in Quimper

    the main has its own page tip, then there are several others in town, talk of markets or marchés of food, clothing,flowers etc.market around the halles st françois(Place du Steir, quai du Port au vin, place terre au duc, and rue Astor)Non-sedentary merchants selling priority of non-food products meet the Wednesday and Saturday around the...

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Quimper Local Customs

  • Marché de Noêl

    It is not a tradition of the city but falls into it more and more. There were years that nothing was done but the tradition of the east of France is becoming more and more taken on the whole.Quimper, has a very small act on the scene. There is normally a carrousel in the place de corantin near the Cathedral, and a stand selling churros, chichis,...

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  • walk or ride poneys in quaint Quimper

    This is the highlight of the visit or any ride the poneys at rue saint François, near the covered market on the way from the cathedral, nice, just a great feeling, recommended for the entire family.Walking these wonderful streets and seeing the local way of life is the best way to travel, come in and let me show you Bretagne, or Breizh or Brittany.

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  • Celtic parade

    If you're lucky, you can see some men that are really good playing traditional european instrument with bagpipe that sound really good. They walk along the city street, and we can see their performace at the park near the cathedral and mairie de Quimper. Worth to see!

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Quimper Off The Beaten Path

  • Théatre Max Jacobs

    This is a beautiful building of great performances and the city has a project to make a pole of artistic excellence that will see the light estimated in 2015. It is at 2, Boulevard Dupleix - 29000 QuimperThis is the history of this wonderful property. To be seen when done.The Couchouren legacyUrbain Couchouren bequeathed in 1892-1893 to the town of...

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  • Church Saint Mathieu

    This is in a popular neighborhood of same name, it was attached to the city in the 19C,and bfore that it was the old cementary area reaching even the river Odet. The church here dates from the 15C. At the north tower you will see the chapel of Notre-Dame du Paradis. The church was rebuilt in 1898.The stained glass dates from the 16C as it is the...

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  • Théatre de Cornouaille -theater

    This is THE theater of the city, with full activities in a wonderful location, next to parking tour d'Auvergne (our spot) and at the entrance to rue St mathieu to inner city center. The theater front door is at Esplanade François Mitterrand, 29000 QuimperIt ,also, has an underground parking on it. The opening acts is usually by 20h,and admission is...

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Quimper Favorites

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    musee des beaux arts cloister of mont saint michel 4 more images

    by gwened Written Feb 17, 2013

    Favorite thing: visiting here cannot be complete without visiting its many nice museums, can't tell you which one to see first, but to see them all. A city for the arts at human scale. Nice.

    Fondest memory: walking to see these wonderful paintings and fine arts, breton arts all over the city.

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